“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Use SB 856 (2015) to protect Oregon children from harmful OHA and ODE agendas

by Chris Bridgens Oregon Senate Bill 856 (2015) should be used to expose and stop the abusive, unsafe and unhealthy cultural agenda promoted and supported by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) After years of ‘blurring … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Health Authority | Leave a comment

Who’s to blame for the Cover Oregon failure?

by Dan Lucas A Congressional panel recently released a report on Oregon’s failed $305 million health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. The Washington Post reported “Republicans on the [U.S. House] committee said they are asking the Justice Department and state attorney … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Gov. Kitzhaber, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 8 Comments

Oregon Senate Republican Leader: Preventing firearm tragedies

Sen. Ted Ferrioli Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to questions regarding the steps Oregon has taken to prevent firearm tragedies following the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College last week. “As all of Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gun Control, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 2 Comments

Taxpayers Ultimately Get the Bill for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion

By Thomas Tullis Thirty states have already undertaken the Medicaid expansion encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. In Oregon, more than one in 4 people are now enrolled in Medicaid. Enrollment is nearly twice as high as originally thought, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

Oregon and other states to pay dearly for ‘Affordable’ health care

by Sen. Doug Whitsett We are now more than six years into the presidency of Barack Obama. The products of his signature redistribution-of-wealth programs are becoming all too apparent, with devastating consequences for states like Oregon that rushed to be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget | 14 Comments

Financial disarray left by Kitzhaber’s grandiose healthcare reform plans

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The remarkably rapid and very public fall from grace of former Governor John Kitzhaber has been well-documented. Also well-detailed is the spectacular failure of his Cover Oregon portal to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, Oregon Health Authority | 1 Comment

Oregon “Equal Rights Amendment” WAS about paying for abortions

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon “Equal Rights Amendment” passed last November is being used with new bill SB 894 to mandate that health plans must pay for abortions. The abortions will be essentially free (no copay or deductible), at … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Abortion, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Health Authority | 20 Comments

Oregon state agencies support sex ed conference that promotes meth use

by NW Spotlight KOIN TV in Portland ran a rather astonishing story Tuesday night. The story was about a sex education conference held each year in Seaside, OR – the Adolescent Sexuality Conference. KOIN reported that children as young as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Drug Abuse, Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority | 54 Comments

Gov. Kitzhaber trying to shift responsibility for Cover Oregon

by Rep. Dennis Richardson Recently in the Oregon Capitol I joined the Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology for a report on Cover Oregon.  The key speaker of the hearing was Governor John Kitzhaber.  Kitzhaber testified that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 19 Comments

Kitzhaber’s epic failure: Cover Oregon

by NW Spotlight Oregon’s disastrous rollout of Obamacare continues to make national news. Politico ran a story yesterday with the headline: Oregon’s Obamacare sign-up is an ‘epic failure.’ The article begins “Oregon once led the country in implementing Obamacare. Now it’s just about … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 958 Comments

AP: Cover Oregon Is ObamaCare’s “Biggest Failure”

By Kathryn Hickok More than seven weeks after launch, Oregon’s online health insurance exchange Cover Oregon still hasn’t enrolled one person, surprising out-of-state onlookers who would have voted Oregon “most likely to succeed.” An Associated Press story puts it this … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Obamacare, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Government | Tagged , , , | 346 Comments

People demand answers over Oregon’s Obamacare fail

by Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog As Oregon reels from a failed launch of the state’s health care exchange website, people demand answers. Despite getting an early start and extra funds from the federal government, Oregon has yet to enroll a single person in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 33 Comments

Obama, Merkley & Kitzhaber misled Oregon on health care reform

Rep. Dennis Richardson The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the much debated federal health insurance law signed by President Obama in 2010.  Obamacare has two major components—the expansion of Medicaid, which in Oregon is known as the Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:28 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 284 Comments

Irony watch: “Long live Oregonians!”

by NW Spotlight The State of Oregon has death panels and pays for almost half the abortions in Oregon, but then spends millions to advertise “Long live Oregonians!” Oregon’s new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, is spending millions of dollars … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:37 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 385 Comments

Death panels – Oregon style

by Gayle Atteberry Even though it was 85 degrees outside that day, a snowball was made. It is a small snowball, but it is not going to melt. In fact it is going to grow and before long, it will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:01 | Posted in Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 8 Comments

Porker award for government study to study other studies

Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation What the Hell is ‘Shadow Flicker?’ Government doesn’t know the cost! Project had no budget Government doesn’t even know who authorized it! 

Posted by at 07:14 | Posted in Government Waste, Oregon Health Authority | 48 Comments

Terminate Illegitimate Government Programs…Before They Terminate Us

I recently heard that the Oregon legislature actually may kill a wasteful, non-productive, and from my perspective, illegitimate government program. I won’t tell you which one, because that could give its supporters time to organize and to pressure legislators to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Leadership, Local Taxes, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon House, Portland Politics, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , | 580 Comments

Senator Whitsett: OHA rules too strict for camps

by Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) attempted to impose new oppressive and capricious rules on Oregon camps (e.g. youth camps, scout camps, summer camps, day camps, nature camps, science & athletic camps) that would only … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Senate | 9 Comments

Representative Wand: Why “yes” on SB 99?

by Rep. Matt Wand I have been asked about my yes vote on Senate Bill 99, which directs the OHA to create a business plan for a healthcare exchange in Oregon, to be considered by the Legislature in February 2012.  This … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:30 | Posted in OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Health Authority | 95 Comments

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